Well-Paid Maids is the D.C. area’s only living-wage home cleaning service.
All of our staff members are employees, not contractors. They earn a living wage of at least $17/hour and receive a full benefits package, including health, dental and vision insurance, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation insurance, disability insurance, paid family leave, 100% employer-paid commuting costs and 22 paid days off annually (5 sick, 2 holiday and 15 vacation).
Paying a living wage benefits our business in many ways. It improves recruiting. It reduces turnover. It increases service quality. It motivates customers. Those are all great things, but they aren’t why we do it.
Take a moment, scroll up, and read the interview with Johanna, whom we’ve been lucky enough to employ since January.
She’s kind, she’s intelligent and she’s diligent. Customers love her, and they should — she works hard every day to provide the best cleaning service possible. She has big goals for herself and she’s working hard to make them a reality.
But how can she achieve her goals if her job doesn’t pay enough to live on? How can she realize her dreams if she can’t save money?
Johanna is why we pay a living wage. She deserves it. All workers do.
Founder, Well-Paid Maids
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Dear PoPville Readers,
Well-Paid Maids is the DC area’s first and only living-wage home cleaning service. By providing customers with an ethical alternative in the home cleaning industry, we hope to show that businesses can thrive while paying a living wage in an industry known for worker exploitation.
All of our staff members are employees, not contractors. They earn a living wage and receive a full benefits package, including health and dental insurance, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation insurance, disability insurance, paid family leave, 100% employer-paid commuting costs and 22 paid days off annually (5 sick, 7 holiday and 10 vacation).
As we all know, the cost of living in the DC metro area continues to rise. In January, the MIT Living Wage Calculator updated its figures and determined the DC-area living wage to be $16.90. As a result, Well-Paid Maids raised its starting wage to $17/hour last month — $4.50 above the DC minimum wage. And while some companies try to push rising costs onto customers, our prices are not going up.
For Well-Paid Maids, the living wage is not a feel-good branding ploy or throwaway ad copy, it’s who we are. If you’d like to join the dozens of PoPville readers who have already used Well-Paid Maids, check out our website to learn more or book a cleaning today.
PoPville readers can get $10 off a cleaning by booking before March 31st and using coupon code POPVILLE (not combinable with any other discount).
Dear PoPville Readers,
It’s not easy to be a Washingtonian these days. Turn on cable news and you’ll find yourself described as at least one of these terms. Supposedly, those of us living and working in Washington are self-interested, hypocritical and part of the problem. I know, however, that the opposite is true. And I can prove it.
In August, out of frustration that I could not find an ethical cleaning company in the D.C. area, I launched Well-Paid Maids, a living-wage home cleaning company. As described by The Washington Post, the company was an experiment — would Washingtonians be willing to pay a bit more to support a business that offers its employees a starting wage of $16 per hour as well as health and dental insurance, sick leave, vacation and employer-paid commuting costs?
After about six months in business, I’m happy to say that the answer is a resounding yes. Contrary to popular belief, Washingtonians have big hearts, believe in big ideas and practice what they preach. Since launching, Washingtonians have booked over 600 cleanings with Well-Paid Maids, allowing us grow to a staff of three full-time employees, with plans to double in size by spring.
So anyway, I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for helping to prove that living-wage businesses are viable. Thank you for improving the lives of our employees by giving them access to stable, living-wage work and good benefits. Thank you for reminding me that Washingtonians are among the most idealistic and caring people in America. Thank you for your continued support.
Popville readers can get $10 off a cleaning by booking before January 31 and using coupon code POPVILLE (not combinable with any other discount).